Planning tips for 2015 Jazz Fest, including first and second weekend dates

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 has unveiled its music lineup - the starting gun for thousands who make the pilgrimage to this annual party, which unfolds over successive weekends in April and May.

In 2014, about 435,000 visitors walked through the gates, and most of them - whether locals or visitors - had practical questions about shuttles, parking, tickets, restaurants, hotels, and the stuff you can't bring through security.

We have some of the answers already - and expect to update our nuts-and-bolts coverage in the coming months.  Read more on

See also: Pet De Kat Krewe's Helpful hints for first timers and their Jazz Fest